Good news for egg-lovers and indeed chickens, as a team from the University of Surrey suggested this week that eating more than three eggs in a week is not in fact bad for people’s health.

Several studies of egg nutrition were conducted, and the research concluded that high cholesterol and heart disease could no longer be linked to egg consumption as diet only accounts for a third of the cholesterol in the body. Researcher for the university, Professor Bruce Griffin commented that eggs were in fact particularly nutritious, and a key part of a healthy diet.

In 2007 The British Heart Foundation changed its advice, that recently limited egg consumption to three a week. A senior dietitian for the foundation, Victoria Taylor recommended that ‘eggs can be eaten as part of a balanced diet. There is cholesterol present in eggs but this does not usually make a great contribution to your level of blood cholesterol’

Recipe: Perfect egg sandwiches